Ten Tonnes has given the world a sneak preview of his upcoming EP by launching the title track, ‘Born To Lose’ – now on our Spotify Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
The song is a heady, roughhewn take on his pop-informed hybrid of garage-rock and modernised rock ‘n’ roll. Ten Tonnes’ – aka Ethan Barnett – cultured skill for an elegant turn-of-phrase is also prevalent: “How do you expect me to trust the snake round my neck confessing her love?”
Currently on tour as guest to Will Joseph Cook, Ten Tonnes also confirmed a selection of major festivals including Reading and Leeds, and he’s also set to play the Dork show at The Great Escape.
“This song is about being down your luck; never being able to get the upper hand over somebody, no matter how much you want to. I’m really pleased with it,” says Ten Tonnes.
Both ‘Born To Lose’ and the previous single, ‘Silver Heat’, feature on Ten Tonnes’ forthcoming ‘Born To Lose EP’ alongside another new track ‘Love Me To Death’. It was produced by Hugo White of The Maccabees at the band’s storied studio The Drugstore, and mixed by Cenzo Townshend.
Raised in Hertford to the sound of classic albums from The Beatles, Paul Simon, The Smiths and Bob Dylan, Barnett took up drums as a child before switching to guitar in his teens. Barnett dropped out of a music production course at university after just a year when the urge to do took a vital precedence over his interest in theory.
It was a risk that soon yielded rewards, with 450,000 streams of tracks from his self-released debut EP ‘Lucy’ as well as sets at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, together with shows with The Magic Gang, Blossoms and Palace. Ten Tonnes has previously been playlisted by Radio 1 Introducing, while airplay for ‘Silver Heat’ has come from Huw Stephens, MistaJam, Phil Taggart, Jo Whiley, John Kennedy and Communion at Radio X.